WestEd is conducting an external formative evaluation of the Teacher Residency Grant Program administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Evaluation findings are intended to help:
- practitioners know whether the changes they are making are likely to move their residency programs closer to having desired characteristics;
- policymakers and funders know the extent to which programs are implementing effective practices that are the precursors to improved outcomes; and
- technical assistance providers to understand grantee support needs.
The evaluation activities are intended to provide feedback quickly and to enable stakeholders to adjust their work as this initiative evolves. WestEd is keeping all grantees informed through a series of briefs summarizing learnings from the evaluation. Download them below and view the dashboard.
Teacher Residency Grant Program Dashboard
View this tool to understand the preparation and retention of diverse teachers in shortage fields funded through the Teacher Residency Grant Program, by showing patterns of enrollment, program completion, and hiring.
Barriers to the Scalability and Sustainability of California’s Teacher Residency Grant Program
This brief presents five barriers to the long-term sustainability and scale of California’s Teacher Residency Grant Program (TRGP) at the Grant’s midpoint. Across these specific barriers, two key structural problems are evident: most residents are not yet receiving the necessary financial support to make residencies an affordable option, and many residency programs are not yet structured to scale and sustain beyond the life of the TRGP.
Building Strong Residency Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities in the CA Teacher Residency Grant
This brief highlights the early challenges and successes of grant-funded teacher residencies in their efforts to build sustainable partnerships across residency programming, host local education agencies (LEAs), and partner institutions of higher education (IHE).
Teacher Residency Programs in California: Financial Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities
This brief describes financial sustainability challenges and opportunities facing teacher residency programs within the context of one-time funding sources.
California Teacher Residency Program Formative Evaluation Overview
This brief introduces the formative evaluation, including the key guiding questions intended to drive its data identification, collection, and analysis.
Drawing from the first year of the evaluation, this brief shares early findings on four important aspects of the teacher residency model: partnership, resident recruitment, mentorship, and alignment of coursework and clinical practice.
Launching the California Teacher Residency Grant Program: Findings from Year 1 (2019/20)
This report summarizes learnings from the California Teacher Residency Grant Program’s first year of implementation, 2019–20. It presents early evidence on leading indicators of employment outcomes and findings about how central aspects of grantee partnerships are functioning from the perspectives of key stakeholders.
As a part of WestEd’s Spotlights on Practice Case Study series, this frist brief focuses on how teacher residency programs are shaping their practices to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and shifting their in-person programs online.